Baby's Crossed Eyes Reveal Serious Infection

High-pitched cry and disturbed vision require immediate attention and treatment

By Mark Cohen|Tuesday, April 01, 2003
The call came after I had drifted off to sleep, late on a Thursday night. "Hi, Mark, it's Pete Parsons in the ER. I have an eight-month-old here I'd like you to take a look at. He has a fever and the mom tells me that he's been real fussy all day. What puzzles me is that he has a funny kind of strabismus, and the mom is worried. She says his eyes didn't look like that before." Suddenly I was wide awake. A seasoned emergency room physician who handles heart attacks and major trauma with calm...

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